LIFE STORIES OF MALE GBTs IN TACLOBAN CITY (Gay, Bisexual and Male-to-Female Transgender)
Chapter I INTRODUCTION Tacloban City is not spared from the retrograde and backward societal thinking towards gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. This can be rooted to the provincial location of the city. Some people in the provinces have been influenced by conservative institutions and the City of Tacloban is dominantly occupied by conservative Catholics. These people believe that transgressing from the expected social norms dictated by an individual’s assigned sex at birth is a socially deviant act. Due to this thinking, a lot of young and adult LGBTs (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) have a burden of expressing their identities. LGBTs that usually come out of the closet experience prejudice, stigma and discrimination. This stigma is usually manifested through acts of bullying, teasing and harassment to these individuals (Philippine Journal of Psychology, 2011). These individuals also face a difficult situation in revealing their identities to their families. Although there are some families who accept their children in terms of who they are, still, some Filipino families are conservative when it comes to issues about gender. Discrimination and harassment and other manifestations of the stigma they are confronted with can also be felt within their families. This result to family conflicts among their members and these individuals usually decides to live by their own means. Another problem these individuals face is coming out to the society. They are faced with dilemmas as to how they can express themselves in the society without being judged, discriminated and harassed by other individuals. These are just some of the many problems the members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community face. This research paper will narrate the life stories of a gay man, a bisexual and a transgender, all living in the City of Tacloban. As part of the sexual minority, these individuals’ daily living is not the same as that of the heterosexuals most especially that they are living in a conservative community. These individuals face discrimination in the immediate environment they deal with. This paper will briefly examine the mechanisms these individuals do in battling against discrimination and prejudice or to cope with this stigma.
The researchers conducted an in-depth interview with three individuals based in Tacloban City who consider themselves as part of the sexual minority. A. General Objective This paper aims to narrate the struggles of a gay, a bisexual male and a transgender in the city from the time they discovered who they really are to the time that they come out to their families, friends and the society. Furthermore, this paper aims to narrate the daily lives of these individuals. Specific Objectives 1. To narrate the coming out process these individuals have gone through to themselves, their families and the community. 2. To give an analysis on the narrated coming out process of these individuals as a tool for understanding their identity management. 3. To narrate these individuals’ attraction to other individuals and the difficulties they face 4. To know the forms of discrimination these individuals are facing and to narrate how these individuals cope with these forms. 5. To narrate every aspect of these individuals’ lives.
Chapter II REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE Living with confusion about identity is emotionally exhausting and potentially destructive. For some people this period is followed quite quickly by a stage in which they come to accept their identity and are able to express it in a positive way. Mixing with other LGBT people - in social settings or through support groups - can help a person feel able to accept who they are. For some people, particularly in larger towns and cities, LGBT support groups provide a safe...